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Kamigamo Shrine

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Northern Kyoto
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Address: 339 Kamigamomotoyama, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8047 , Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-781-0011

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Peace, beauty, Shinto

Kamigamo is one of the most tranquil and beautiful Shinto shrines in Japan. Before visiting it read "Shinto: The Kami Way" to have a recognition of the buildings and symbols at... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Chicago Illinois
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Chicago Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Kamigamo is one of the most tranquil and beautiful Shinto shrines in Japan. Before visiting it read "Shinto: The Kami Way" to have a recognition of the buildings and symbols at Kamigamo. Look into all of the spaces. View the remote areas, listen to the water. Kamigamo is a bit remote, in the Northwest corner of Kyoto. It is a... More 

Thank Kyotocat
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I found this shrine by accident after getting on the wrong bus. Worth it! This place has wide, peaceful grounds and apparently hosts an annual mounted archery contest.

Thank TheErrantWanderer
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Kamigamo Shrine is one of the oldest in Kyoto according to my understanding, and I could see that the Japanese visitors behaved in a more reverent/serious manner here. Not just a sightseeing place or museum. You can take photographs, but I would pay attention and follow the Japanese visitor's lead. Not too many foreign tourists here on the day I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

This is a must see. The covered walkways and raked sand gardens define serenity and contemplation. This is unique and nothing like it is available in the US or Europe as far as I've seen.

Thank Rolfe H
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

In Kyoto, this is on the 'must-see' list for good reason. In continuous use for centuries, the combination of setting and architecture result in an incredible experience. Be prepared, when we visited, everyone spoke Japanese, and understood very little English. Also the signs!

Thank Mitch_K2012
Greater Cincinnati
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Kamigamo Jinja is one of my favorite places in Kyoto. During the months between spring and fall, it is nice to dip your feet in the small creek to cool off from the humid Kyoto weather. On the 4th Sunday of the month, the grounds become full of vendors selling homemade wares ranging from pottery, to clothes, to pastries, to... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

attended a wedding at this shine and had a great time. The ambiance is very nice with multiple shrines around the expansive grounds. The ceremony was unique and moving experience

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West Bridgford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

I don't know what else to say really. It's a bit out of the way but I had a nice walk along the river and there was a shinto wedding on when I arrived which made for a nice atmosphere. The place itself is beautiful and well worth a look.

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

Along with the Shimogamo jinja, this is the other oldest shrine in the city. Enter through a huge red torii and enjoy the shrine's expansive and wide lawns. A good place to visit that's far from the beaten tourist track.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016 via mobile

Quite a big shrine with beautiful nature and creek. There are two places for buying charm; near second torii and further inside. Not much people even it's Sunday.

Thank Tawan U

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